TSM Styling Session: ASOS Outfit – London Pt. 2

It’s been a while since I did a T-Styled Me Styling Session post so seeing as it’s all about the Olympics in London at the moment, I thought this the perfect time to share with you the ‘London Calling’ styling session I had earlier this year with my friend Wins from .

Wins and I have known each other since primary school and like many other expats living here, we were enticed by travel opportunities associated with our ‘London calling.’ Wins is super creative when it comes to interior design, wedding styling and fashion – anything she touches, no matter how ordinary, ends up looking like it belongs in the magazine of ‘Home,’ ‘Weddings’ ‘Russh’ or a Jamie Oliver cookbook! Seriously, how awesome does this ordinary peanut butter and jelly toast that she made for her husband look?

 As with all my styling sessions, in a bid to get to know her style and personality better:

Wins’ Profile Stats

  • Wins’ Height:  5 ft 2” (1.57m)
  • Skin tone: Fair – Medium
  • Build: Extra petite
  • Body shape: Rectangular. Refer to this post if you need a reminder
  • General Clothing size: Size Extra Small (XS) i.e UK/AUS 4-6.
  • Lifestyle: Social, busy and active – Wins’ loves travelling, going for runs, trying out different eateries and exploring vintage markets
  • Shopping pref: Wants more than Needs basis – Shoes & handbags enthusiast
  • Shopping frequency: Frequently with purchases on ave monthly.
  • Style Preference: Mix of classic, edgy and relaxed
  • Personality (in three words): Social, fun and creative (All in my opinion!)

Wins’ Styling criteria

  • For this styling session, Wins’ had no criteria – She was merely modelling for me to practice my styling skills so I wanted to have a bit of fun with a graphic tee and some pieces Wins’ might not usually wear but would suit her body shape and that she could consider incorporating into her usual style.

I mostly see graphic tees teamed with jeans or shorts so I wanted to present another fun way to wear a graphic tee that’s slightly more feminine and dressy enough for a casual drink. Tucking in the tee naturally defined Wins’ waist-line and visually elongated her bottom half.

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Personal Post: Let the Games Begin ! London Pt 1: Isles of wonder

I think last night was the first time I watched the entire Olympic Ceremony from beginning to end. The vibe in the city was electric and for me it was extra special knowing all this was taking place in the city I live, 1/2 an hour away from my home …

What did you think of the Olympic Opening Ceremony?

My favourite part of the Ceremony was watching the young athletes light the 204 petals, brought in by each competing country and watching them alight and merge to form the Olympic cauldron. It was my only breathtaking moment throughout the ceremony and now rivals my other two favourite ‘Lighting of the Cauldron’ Olympic moments in Atlanta and Sydney.

I thought the opening ceremony, ‘Isle of Wonder’ directed by Danny Boyle (Trainspotting / Slumdog Millionaire) balanced Britain’s history, culture and unique humor very well (but I also think you kind of had to be British to truly appreciate it) and for me lacked those breathtaking, goose-bump inducing, awe-inspiring moments I experienced watching Beijing’s synchronized drumming sequence last Olympics and throughout the Sydney Olympic’s opening ceremony.

I know this entry has nothing to do with Styling and Shopping but just wanted to share my excitement about the games starting with you. I hope you’re having a wonderful weekend and good luck to all the athletes (especially the Aussies and Brits – in that order of course!). I’m off to have brunch and embrace what it means to have the Olympics in London …

Photos from theage.com and getty images

No joke – this is probably just the Central line on a normal day

T-Styled Me Answers: What to wear to an engagement party ?

Anonymous Asked:

Hey Tien! First of all just wanted to say, I love your site! You are doing very well, keep up the great job! Secondly, I need your help! I’ve got my friend’s engagement party coming up but I don’t know what’s appropriate to wear (she’s the first out of my friends to get engaged) It will be held at home then later we’ll be heading out to a bar to celebrate. It’s currently freezing cold in Melbourne and I really suck at winter fashion. My style icon is Blake Lively, especially as Serena on GG. Please help!

T-Styled Me Answered:

Thanks so much for your question and encouraging words! Regarding what to wear to the engagement party, firstly check to see if the hosts have determined a dress code. I’m going to assume it’s an indoor catered party (rather than an outdoor BBQ affair) and therefore a smarter dress code will suit since you’ll be heading out to a bar afterwards too :)

 Blake Lively has great style and a lovely figure (those legs!) so I’ve taken some inspiration from your Gossip Girl idol Serena for options:


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Serena wears

  1. Grey Porter’s Silk Georgette Bat Winged Dress (similar style: )
  2. Blumarine Body Con Dress (similar styles:  / )

These are two Winter friendly dress options with sleeves I thought you could draw inspiration from. Both are appropriate for an indoor engagement party allowing you to sit, eat & drink and mingle comfortably and remain dressy enough for the bar afterwards. I’d pair both styles with black opaque or patterned tights, a nice pair of heels and STATEMENT jewellery would be non-negotiable! 

  • Add a statement necklace or bold cocktail ring (Options from & )
  • Bring a sparkly statement clutch to complement the outfit (Zara have great ones)
  • Match with a tailored blazer if you need to keep warmer (I’ve got this one that goes with everything!)


I love Serena’s ability to pull together mismatched prints, textures and colours and her jewellery collection is to die for! As an option to a dress, you could try pairing a nice silk top with a dressy trousers (not jeans) a pencil skirt or a shorter flirty skirt with heels.

  • If you opt for trousers, definitely wear heels to dress up the outfit. 

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Serena wears:

  1. Rachel Gilbert Levi Top (Similar style ). I’d love to see the top above paired with this  with a statement necklace.
  2. IRO Abstract Floral Skirt (Similar style )


As a fall back, the little black dress never fails! I’d opt for nude stockings or sheer black ones and add a belt, statement jewellery and a bright coloured coat !

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Serena wears:

  1. Stella McCartney Insert dress (I saw a very similar one in Zara in Melbourne!)
  2. Acne Dress (similar here and )
  3. One shoulder dress (similar style )

I hope I was able to help answer your question and that you have a great time at the engagement party! Would love to hear all about it :)

Inspirational Quotes of the Week

I found two quotes this week that have special meaning to me and wanted to share them with you …

 I love this simple and beautiful message from that we often forget on a day-to-day basis as we run about with our lives.

I’m currently job hunting: Not my favourite activity in the world but I’m trying to stay focused and positive

TSM Product Review: Tarte’s Amazonian 12 Hr Clay Blush

I buy make up (which I hoard and don’t use except to give myself the visual delight of seeing them look pretty in the drawer) but blush and mascara are two favourites I actually do use. Mascara, well she’s a girl’s best friend and with blushes, you just don’t seem to find ‘bad’ blushes out there – You can probably only go wrong with uncomplimentary colour choices and application.

The last blush I used was Revlon’s Colourstay Mineral blush. The Petal colour was extremely sheer (just a hint of pink) and required layers of application to build and blend. While annoying for some, it actually suited me better for everyday wear and if I were to re-purchase, I’d give the slightly darker Roseberry colour a go.

  • Cost: Under $20 AUD (cheaper in US & online)
  • Packaging: Clean and compact
  • Contained an emergency mini brush
  • Colours: Petal (soft pink) Roseberry (pink) and Honey (nude)

Tarte’s 12hr Amazonian Clay Blush

The Revlon blush lasted me two years (shows you just how often I use make up!) and since I couldn’t find it to replace in the UK, I decided to give Tarte’s 12 Amazonian Clay blush a go having heard rave reviews about Tarte’s Clay blushes. I’ve been using it for two months now so thought it’d be the perfect time for my first product review. Here’s a quick summary:

  • It’s a solar-baked pressed powder blush infused with clay from the banks of the Amazionan rivers (where the nutrients are at the highest concentration)
  • It claims to last for 12 hours
  • It’s not tested on animals (very important to me!) and is vegan friendly.
  • Contains beeswax (naturally stimulates collagen and decreases the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles) and vitamin C and E
  • Free of mineral oil, parabens (controversially linked to cancer), phthalates, sodium lauryl sulfate and synthetic fragrance.
  • Suitable for all skin types:

Oily skin: Amazonian clay minimizes oil in and around pores to balance skin and keep product in place
Dry skin: Amazonian clay hydrates skin naturally to restore moisture so your blush wears better & longer
Combination skin: Amazonian clay is completely intuitive; gives skin an overall smooth & even appearance

The clay blush comes in 8 different shades. I opted for the colour ‘EXPOSED’ which although described as nude in colour is more of a brown with a hint of pink

This part below I don’t enjoy so much as part of blogging but here we go ! I wanted to try the blush directly onto my bare skin without any base so here are some extreme close ups (eeeek!) of the colour on my cheeks with only one application…

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TSM wants your feedback – ‘Ask me Anything …’

My post Melbourne Detox begins …

You know when you’ve been in a relationship for a while and it was easy in the beginning ? It provided everything you wanted but then you outgrew it and knew that you wanted more than what was currently on offer but were worried about risking the familiarity by ending it?

Well I’ve been feeling that for a while now so I’ve taken the plunge to leave the safe, reliable, easy ‘wordpress.com’- a perfect publishing tool when I started out but now that I want to grow and implement new ideas, it no longer supports me the way I need – So I’ve moved on to my own domain: http://tstyledme.com (bookmark me)

If you’re reading this now, I’ve successfully redirected you to my new domain and yes I’m posting about this because I need to whinge about spending days altering plugins, changing code and more time on confusing support forums and YouTube then sleeping! If you’re a blogger, you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about and it’s harder when you’re not tech savy like me!

Ask me Anything!

I am, however, really excited about the ‘Ask me anything’ box on the side bar (It only took oh 6 hrs to figure out how to do it!) so if you have any questions for me – about anything – Styling, Shopping, Life in general – please send them through! (ask anonymously if you wish). I’d love to hear your feedback including suggestions for topics of future posts too.

One more thing I need a huge favour …

If you’ve been following my blog via email or ‘Bloglovin’ (firstly thank you!) you’ll need to resubscribe to keep up to date with my posts from this domain by:

  • Entering your email on the side bar to resubscribe via email
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  • You can also keep up to date by liking my if that’s easier too

Thank you xoxo

FYI – Detox lasted less then 12 hours as I bought way too many Aussie favourites back to London 

 – They’re my bf’s favourite so I brought them back err… for him. We both love the choc berries (below) and the peppermint frogs which we used to buy for each other back in university.

Cadbury Caramelo Koalas are mini chocolate koalas with a gooey caramel belly …

Thanks for your patience and resubscribing ! I’m curious, what’s your favourite chocolate bar ?

TSM Outfit post: Zara Knit – Feeling blue and dressing in Grey

Hope you guys all had a great weekend! I spent most of my weekend avoiding my friends and spending time with my family. Before you think I’m a horrible person for doing so, I must explain that I am terrible, and I mean terrible at ‘good-byes.’ I’m known to just sneak out of a party or say, the country, without telling many people that I’m going and while it comes across as rude, inside, the thought of saying goodbye makes me tear up and if I start to cry, it gets ugly real fast – so I cowardly avoid it as much as possible.

If you haven’t been following my blog, I’ll have to explain that I visited my hometown Melbourne for a few weeks after being away in London for two years so not being back for such a long time, I basked in family love and took advantage of being spoiled by friends, relaxed with my dogs and had late night chats with my girlfriends – All things I love! To leave again and head back to London was just as hard as it was the first time but I think I’ll just have to make sure that the next time I head back for Melbourne, it will be for good!

To match the mood, I found a grey outfit post that I took in Melbourne …

These photos were taken on a wet and windy Melbourne weekend in Port Melbourne at my friend, Poosilla’s new apartment. You probably can’t tell given the weather, but the view of the beach and city skyline from her place is stunning.

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T-Styled Me loves Elie Saab Fall Winter 2012/2013

The Fall Winter 2012/2013 collection looks very similar to Elie’s Saab’s previous collections, especially the sheath silhouette gowns with lace paneling and intricate beaded embroidery but the collection is romantic and beautiful nonetheless…

Sheath dresses suit rectangular body shapes and for gowns with less detailing on the top half, they also work beautifully for inverted triangles as well. If you need a reminder of knowing your body shape, refer to my previous posts for help.

The column gown on the left (above) is one of my favourites from this collection. It looks culturally inspired and I love the gold undertones in this pale blue – it’s so elegant and regal looking. Something K Middy would probably wear.

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TSM Matches Megan Park Scarf with Teacups

Even though you know I love a good cup of coffee, I’m actually habitually more of a tea drinker, leaving coffee as a social treat in attempt to avoid caffeine addiction. I’ll always have a cup of English breakfast Tea in the morning at 10am and in a Twinings’ Camomile, Honey & Vanilla herbal tea in the evenings while I catch up on TV shows and facestalk surf the Internet.

Kaz, who took pics in my last post, is also a massive tea lover. She’s taught me the funniest way to drink tea to avoid teeth staining and while it clearly works for her, I can’t manage drinking like that without spilling my tea everywhere! Looks like I’ll just need to invest in teeth whitening products in the future.

The colours of the tea cups we had at Birdmans Eating the other day matched Kaz’s newly purchased silk scarf so I wanted to quick post to share the pics of the scarf with you  …

The gorgeous print is made from 100% silk with black cotton trimmings all the way around the square-shaped scarf and is full of vibrant blues, reds, greens and … well every colour under the rainbow! It’s from Megan Park (UK designer now based in Australia) who stocks her subtle yet unique accessories and select apparel line in David Jones (Australia)

I was excited about seeing trams again so I did that embarrassing ‘tourist / parent’ thing after breakfast the other day and made poor Kaz pose in the middle of the street about 10 times before I could capture a shot of her and our unique Melbourne trams.

If you own an  you’ll know how comfortable and trendy they make you feel. They have a little more attitude than most leather jackets I’ve come across (e.g the post with Gee) and the prices are a lot dearer to match their unique designs and structure. I love the zip detailing on this particular jacket.

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TSM Outfit Post: Melbourne’s BRIGHT day out – feat. Zara’s Piped Fantasy Cardigan

Melbourne makes the best coffee in the world; I know, BIG call but I stand by that statement having lived in London, travelled Europe and tasted ‘coffee’ in the US. We are spoilt by our Melbournian baristas who breathe coffee-making as an art form and my favourite place for a take-away cappuccino is a small yet busy coffee bar opposite the bookstore in Collins Place (name escapes me now). They are by no means fancy or know my name and order but I can always rely on them to make consistently good coffee.

I also miss the breakfast culture taken for granted here in Melbourne so I was super excited when my friend Kaz dragged me out of the house to start our shopping day with a creamy mocha (my fave!) and the house special baked eggs from Birdman’s Eating, a casual and unassuming cafe in Fitzroy.

The coffee was standard and good but the main star was Breakfast. We started off with the Brioche french toast with marmalade glazed kaiserfleisch, orange pekoe & maple syrup and finished off with house special Baked Eggs. Kaz and I refused to think about whether that was a dollop of cream, butter, fat or mascarpone that was melting on the bacon but we both agreed that it was DELICIOUS regardless – Calories and all !

The baked eggs were equally appetizing; we tried the beef, potato and pea baked eggs option from the four specials and tasting them for the first time, we were both pleasantly surprised. I’d describe them as ‘yummy’ (hence why I’m not a food blogger) or I suppose, like baked Shepherd’s pie without the pastry and with egg instead. Perfect hearty hangover food.

We ventured into the city to do a spot of shopping and while resting outside the Melbourne State library, took a few photos for this outfit post. I’d purchased this cardigan in Zara during a mini shopping spree in Valencia a few months back where the weather was hot and the city was alive with festivities so I’ve forgotten that Melbourne, like New York, loves dressing in black so by the number of stares I received today, I’m not sure if Melbourne’s ready for this jelly this brightness so you may need your sunnies !

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